Named one of the "50 Best Albums of 2011" by Guitar World magazine, the new self-titled album from The Wandas, out August 30, has been praised for its exceptional songwriting and forceful performances. Singer-songwriter Patrick Krief will open the show. USA Today raves "'Do or Die.' Ooh, I can't get tired of this one — and after the first chorus, I couldn't get tired of singing it, either. The Wandas may remind you a bit of early Wilco, although they hail from Boston." My Old Kentucky Blog goes on to say "The Wandas' breakthrough may be upon us. ['Forever And Ever'] is both effortless and timeless, the kind of thing Tom Petty used to knock out at will, and a slice of music so perfect that you need not be surprised if you end up standing next to your parents the next time the Wandas swing through your town." Spending the last two years relentlessly touring America, the Wandas were able to enter the studio and successfully record their new album live with minimal overdubs, most of the songs completed in three takes or less.
Writing intensely personal music is nothing new for Montreal's Patrick Krief, either as a solo artist or as the longtime guitarist for the Dears. Upon completing his recent release, Hundred Thousand Pieces, Krief had to step away from the project for nearly six months. The self-produced, self-mixed Hundred Thousand Pieces was his first concerted attempt to create music that was strongly evocative and inspired by his work scoring films.
California born singer Marisa Duchowny (the Rabbit) and New York-native Neill MacCallum (the Hare) have been playing music together for just over a year. Fresh off recording their first album together, this sweet and nostalgic indie-folk-pop duo bring an intimacy to their music that can hush a room to silence. Vulnerable, honest, and relatable, the Rabbit and the Hare's music transcends the typical music spectrum and reaches more classic and timeless depths with their personal lyrics and catchy tunes. Drenched in inspiration from the Beatles, Fleetwood Mac, Neil Young, Simon and Garfunkel, Nina Simone, Ella Fitzgerald, and Cat Stevens, their music draws you into their soothing and dreamy world.
Whether accompanied by the exciting sounds of synth, drums, guitar, bass, violin, and cello, or just the bare-bones, stripped down sound of their voices, this pair will most definitely leave you wanting more.
$10 in advance, $12 day of show, general admission
There’s a reason Steven Roth has had the honor of opening for legends such as Robert Plant and Roger Daltrey. It’s this same reason Roth’s following is swelling and his recent L.A. shows have been packed to capacity. Perhaps it’s also why Counting Crows frontman, Adam Duritz, chose Roth from over 3,500 artists to perform at his SXSW showcase. Roth will also perform at music blogger Ryan Spaulding’s Outlaw Roadshow at Rusty’s in Austin, Texas.
Lily & The Parlour Tricks is the perfect combo of pretty and gritty. The Tricks' 2011 EP was recorded live at the legendary Daptone Studios in Brooklyn, and they are currently hard at work on a follow-up album, recorded at The Magic Shop in SoHo. With their soaring harmonies, raucous attitude, and what Aesthetes Anonymous calls their "deadly sex appeal," Lily & The Parlour Tricks keeps its audience dancing and howling for more.
The Okay Win is a Boston-based band that has consistently grown since it began playing shows in 2009. It has released four albums and performed around the northeast. It has shared the stage with such acts as Kevin Devine, Portugal. The Man, Colour Revolt, and many more. In 2012, the group performed at the House of Blues and was featured in the Boston Phoenix's Best Music Poll issue as one of the seven bands to look out for. Its latest effort, Leveled, was decidedly its most cohesive and realized piece to date.
Berklee Music Fest on Georges Island offers a free concert featuring three student groups whose music ranges from rock to blues to soul. These bands have performed at the House of Blues, SXSW, and opened for Jackson Browne.
Isis Lune: 2:00 p.m. - 2:50 p.m.
Led by Israeli vocalist Ella Joy Meir, the band creates a unique soundscape that combines electronic textures with a raw human element. Titles such as "In the Belly of a Whale" and "Bring Me the Moon" submerge the listener in the band's world: a realm of demons and magic, of vast oceans and endless skylines. The band’s music reflects its members' eclectic musical backgrounds, ranging from classical to ethnic, from jazz to rock and R&B. Isis Lune is Ella Joy Meir (vocals and piano), Asher Kurtz (guitar), Ran Gil (keys), Aaron Liao (bass), and Tim Merle (drums).
Lauren Tenney and the Terribles: 3:00 p.m. - 3:50 p.m.
Lauren Tenney and the Terribles are a band based in Boston. Their blues/rock sound combined with the influence of jazz harmonies gives them a fresh and soulful vibe. All five members are graduates of Berklee College of Music, where they met and started playing together about a year ago. Since then, the Terribles have been gigging in the Boston area as well as playing shows in New York City and Austin, Texas, during SXSW. The Terribles are currently working on their second EP of original music and have shows lined up in Boston and New York.
China Fox: 4:00 p.m. - 4:50 p.m.
Pop thunder vocals, electric nights, pseudo-synth, an ear for integration, and a thirst for the blues . . . so was born ChinaFox. With no certain origin, ChinaFox makes a home anywhere it finds itself, whether in the basements of small houses, in the woods, around bonfires or drum circles, or on makeshift dance floors. It constantly reinvents itself by collecting bits and pieces from the sounds it's drawn to. If you find yourself drawn in, too, come find your fox.
Watch China Fox perform "Through with You" in the music video below:
Student ensembles perform a series of afternoon and evening concerts, led by faculty members Kudisan Kai and Christiane Karam. These end-of-semester performance finals will cover a wide range of styles.
The Dave MacKay Group (DMG) began as an experiment in sound, an attempt at combining very different musical ingredients in a big pot with the hope of making some tasty musical soup. The powerhouse quartet of Berklee students includes Dave MacKay, Aman Khosla, Antoine Katz, and JP Bouvet. Over the past few years, the band's sound has evolved into a unique style of instrumental music that lives somewhere between the worlds of alternative rock, fusion, and film soundtracks.
Emily Peal is a redheaded singer-songwriter who is backed by a "band of skinny men." The team of four collaborated on her recent album release Fine Fur Coat, which was a major success on all accounts. Boston Band Crush says, “Emily Peal’s complex songwriting draws us in like a siren song, but like one where we don’t die once we get there. Backed by her Band of Skinny Men, her powerful and menacing rock belies her cutesy, singer-songwriter appearance."
Here We Just Dream was founded in 2012 by three original members of Pride of the Atlantic, an indie/progressive outlet that played together from 2009 to 2011. Since January of 2012, they have been working on their self-titled debut EP. The Boston-based band anticipates a string of summer dates immediately following its EP release.
Inspired by the music of Fela Kuti, Miles Arntzen, drummer for Antibalas and Superhuman Happiness, created EMEFE in 2009. Since that time, the band’s infectious and energetic blend of afrobeat, funk, soul, and rock has supported the likes of Passion Pit and Rusted Root and members of EMEFE have played with artists such as the Budos Band and Medeski, Martin, and Wood, just to name a few. EMEFE’s instrumentation includes a drummer, a bassist, two guitarists, two percussionists, a keyboardist and a four-piece horn section. Dubbed “one of the Big Apple’s best live acts” by SarasotaDay.com, EMEFE’s motto is “music frees all.” The evening will feature members of Antibalas and the Big Mean Sound Machine.
Watch a music video from EMEFE below:
Noble Savage is a mash-up of virtuoso musicians from Boston-based jam bands. Members of Noble Savage are drawn from Spiritual Rez, the Effective Dose, Rapplesauce, and the Philadelphia-based dub/rock trio Among Criminals. Noble Savage plans to leave its mark on Boston’s thriving local music scene.
$10 in advance, $12 day of show, general admission
Led by guitarist and composer Asher Kurtz, Oblio combines modern jazz, world music, indie-folk, and rock. Kurtz's compositions are focused on melodies and grooves, and always allow for the improvisational freedom to take the music wherever it needs to go. Oblio's unique sound and adventurous spirit provide the listener with an exciting and new performance every time.
Watch Oblio perform "You Are the Sunrise" in the music video below:
Elvia Ferreira has come a long way to achieve and accomplish her goals. Berklee has been quite a journey for her as well as many others. She will share with you her experiences while studying at Berklee.
Her senior recital will cover the genres of pop/rock, pop ballads, R&B/funk, and Latin, and will feature originals and covers of Henry Castro, Dwight Rivera, Luis D'Elias, and others.
Heavy Rotation Records is a student-run record label developed for music business/management majors at Berklee to gain hands-on experience in running a record company. The dark winters of Boston bore a band that crawled out of the womb and called itself Bent Knee. The multicultural sounds of Sirma and Stone Giant will open the showcase.
Bent Knee combines orchestral textures, haunting vocals, experimental sounds, and an astonishing dynamic range. Described by Mass Mic as "a theatrical and imaginative group that puts on a great spread," Bent Knee has original songs that morph rapidly and unpredictably between fragile passages that are "dark, mysterious… and dare I say beautiful," according to Olive Music. Ryan's Smashing Life described Bent Knee's walls of sound as "a shrieking and wailing banshee, stadium-sized guitar heroics, and pounding rhythmic tides." Deli magazine named Bent Knee New England's Artist of the Month in 2012, and the band's 2011 release was selected as one of the Best Albums of the Year by Ryan's Smashing Life and Olive Music.
Sırma is influenced and inspired by creativity, humanity, and multimedia. Born in Istanbul, Turkey, and now living in Boston, Sırma's multicultural background influences her to strive for collaboration and connection. Constantly exploring her sound, Sırma has experience in production and arranging in addition to her solo work. She is currently finishing her debut EP Traces, which will be released this fall.
Stone Giant emerged from Berklee College of Music in 2012. Sebastian Fernandez and Joao Nogueira have been struggling to find the right team and energy required for this project. The band has finally found five members who have been rocking Boston and New York venues such as the Hard Rock Café, House of Blues, and continues to expand their live performances during 2013.